COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has loaned goalkeeper Jon Kempin to San Diego Loyal SC of the United Soccer League Championship for the 2020 USL Championship season, with Crew SC retaining the right to recall the player at any point during the MLS regular season. To date, the goalkeeper has made eight regular-season appearances (all starts) for the Black & Gold.
“It is important for Jon to consistently play games which was at the forefront of this decision,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We believe that this opportunity will allow Jon to get valuable minutes while with San Diego Loyal SC and we look forward to monitoring his progress while on loan.”
Kempin was acquired by Crew SC in a trade with the LA Galaxy on December 13, 2017. Kempin’s prior experience includes playing for the LA Galaxy (2017) and for Sporting Kansas City (2010-2016). In all, Kempin has made 22 appearances (21 starts) in MLS regular-season action, registering two shutouts. San Diego Loyal SC is led by Manager Landon Donovan and is set to debut as a team and open the 2020 USL Championship season against Las Vegas Lights FC tomorrow, Saturday, March 7 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, California.
Up next for Crew SC, the team travels to face Seattle Sounders FC tomorrow, Saturday, March 7 [10:00 p.m. ET / SportsTime Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan HD3 & 971TheFan.com (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish)].
TRANSACTION: Crew SC loans goalkeeper Jon Kempin to San Diego Loyal SC for the 2020 USL Championship season on March 6, 2020. Crew SC Crew SC retains the right to recall the player at any point during the MLS regular season.